August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Scholarships

Parent and Student Scholarships Forms

2018 parent and student scholarship application forms are available for download below.

Parent Scholarship Application Form

Student Volunteer Summer Teaching Application

Student Scholarship Application Form

Parent Scholarship Information (due April 27)

The Parent Scholarship is available for first-time attendees to the National Autism Conference who are (1) parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a child with autism and (2) residing in Pennsylvania. (Parents of children who receive Early Intervention services are eligible, regardless of whether they have attended in the past). Reimbursement for travel expenses, lodging, and conference registration fees will be available to a limited number of Pennsylvania parents or legal guardians attending the National Autism Conference. These funds will be provided through the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education. Please note, however, that parents employed in a professional capacity by a school entity should follow the attendance and reimbursement policy of the school entity.

Pennsylvania parents interested in attending any portion of the National Autism Conference have until Friday, April 27, 2018, to apply by filling out the application. Scholarships will be awarded by Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Notification will also be sent to those applicants who are not awarded scholarships. Scholarship funds are available for the child with a disability and his/her parents or legal guardians (Pennsylvania residents) only.

Parent scholarships will cover the following (up to $1,000 per family):

  • complimentary conference registration for up to two parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • lodging reimbursement during the conference (receipts required) if live at least 30 miles from the conference location
  • mileage to be reimbursed at $.545/mile and tolls
  • meals up to per diem expense during reasonable travel periods that are NOT provided as part of the National Autism Conference.

Priority for Children’s Institute spots will be given to parent scholarship recipients with children ages 6 weeks to 21 years of age for all ability levels. You do not need to complete a separate enrollment for the Children’s Institute at this time to be eligible. However, complimentary registration for the Children’s Institute opens Monday, May 7, and closes Friday, June 15. If you are planning for your child to attend, you MUST register them during this May 7 - June 15 enrollment window via the Children's Institute Registration web page.

Student Volunteer/Summer Teaching Experience Opportunity (due April 27)

The National Autism Conference offers college students a unique opportunity to take advantage of conference presentations and gain experience hours working with students on the autism spectrum. Download the Student Volunteer Summer Teaching Application (provided on this page). We are looking for up to 10 highly motivated student volunteers to work with children with autism during the conference. Please see the benefits provided in the Student Volunteer Summer Teaching Application.

Student Scholarship Information (due May 16)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education announces the availability of student scholarships for the National Autism Conference to encourage Pennsylvania university and college students and recent graduates to pursue a career working with students with autism spectrum disorders and to become informed on evidence-based practices. 

To qualify, you must show evidence that you are a recent graduate of a Pennsylvania college or university (with a 2017 or 2018 graduate date), with a major in special education or a related field. A letter of recommendation (or printed email) from a university professor and the professor's signature on the form are also required.

Student scholarships will cover the following:

  • complimentary conference registration
  • lodging reimbursement during the conference (receipts required) if live at least 30 miles from the conference location
  • mileage to be reimbursed at $.545/mile and tolls
  • meals (itemized meal receipts required) up to per diem expense during reasonable travel periods that are NOT provided as part of the National Autism Conference